Good Winter Afternoon

In this still, chill morning I chose to walk a few miles through the streets of this city. The stillness made it most easy, and brings to mind the sensory truth of the weather forecasters’ talk of windchill factors. My oh my what a difference is made when no winds oppose you, no winds toss icicly cold air particles at you, and still it is a timely winter day. I could walk forever in it. But I stopped at six miles.

Along a short portion of my route I encountered three large hawks, a confluence I have not ever seen before, except for seeing about 12-15 turkey vultures convening in the sand dunes of Provincetown one time that I was there, and six turkey vultures on a roof in Westport, and several bald eagles convening across the Wachusett Reservoir from where a bicycling friend and I stood on some country road. But here I was in the city, on a major thoroughfare and watched a red tail hawk swoop into the top branches of a maple tree above a local pocket park and a second hawk, could have been another red tail, I couldn’t catch his tail shape and color too well, fly just above the newly perched one and dipped briefly then continued on to the northwest, then two blocks on, a northern harrier whooshed behind me and rose up from almost eyelevel with me on into an oak tree above a corner location where met four homes, and sat back to the clucking blue jays and starlings and unflustered by the mockingbird that tailed him face to butt until he turned left to the corner tree and the mockingbird propelled in its forward thrust.

Red Tail in maple in park
Northern Harrier? Or have I fooled myself, and it is the same Red Tail Hawk from two blocks ago, following me? Look at the small inset above this photo, for a grainy blow up of the bird on the branch.

You know, the more I watch, the more I see what I don’t know. My days are full of guesses. It’s kind of fun.

And to catch you up on the beaver dam/lodge progress. Here are a couple of pictures taken two or three days ago, which when compared with my previous post’s photographs, show that their work continues….

This one is from reverse direction of the one just above
And some water’s edge work

I dream of peace and of harmony. I dream of health for all, every single participant–primordial to final.

I dream. May you find reason to as well.

Author: Kate Hemenway

I like to explore, to observe. I like to be within what is around. There is always something to wonder about and to ponder. There is always something.. My favorite ways to get to places are bicycling and walking; or reading, or thinking, or asking. Please feel free to ask back, as I continue to wonder out loud, express joy or concern, or, sometimes, talk through my hat.

5 thoughts on “Good Winter Afternoon”

  1. You write long sentences sometimes! 2nd sentence in para. 2 has 135 words!
    Our neighbor said he saw a bald eagle in the lawn catty cornered across from our place several days ago. He noted that it was very large when seen up close like that.


    1. Hi, I am a bit slow in responding. I have not mastered wordpress, and don’t know when someone has commented. Unless I go and look for comments, which I don’t usually remember to do until, as in this case, two months later!!! I tried to make the previous sentence longer, but ran out of words 🙂 Cool about the size of the bald eagle.


  2. Merry Christmas Kate!  Love, love the beautiful pictures (always). I marvel at your knowledge of nature, in particular the names of the birds. I guess I should not be surprised coming from you.😄Have a lovely day!!Molly

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


    1. molly! I was just thinking about you yesterday. And finally I get around to reading comments to my post. I have not mastered wordpress by a long shot and so need to consciously go to “comments” and see if any are there. As you can tell, I don’t remember to do that very often.

      How are you doing?


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